Hiya! I’m Elin, and I'm a postgrad student at the University of Edinburgh. I’m originally from Cardiff so I don't get home too often, which means I miss our three cats more than anything. I’m super keen to see all kinds of pets (especially all kinds of cats) - whether it's just quick food visits, hanging out and giving them some fuss, or overnights too. I’ve been pet sitting through Pawshake for around two years now.
As well as my three lovely cats, we also used to have two guinea pigs, and I was a dog walker for a year during my undergrad - basically, I’m happy to meet any kind of pet! I live in a top floor flat which I share with a vet student and her two guinea pigs, so polite indoor pets are very welcome to stay. Cats may visit as long as they're happy to stay in my room away from the piggies, and any caged animals such as rabbits or hamsters are more than welcome any time.
I do have my own commitments (working as a barista, university, netball etc.) so although I would do my best to arrange for my flatmate or my boyfriend to be with them, any pets staying at my flat would need to be okay with spending a short amount of time on their own just in case I have something scheduled that I can't shift. I'm always keen to meet you and your furry (scaley? feathered?) friend beforehand, to learn a bit about you both and what suits you guys. Please get in touch :)
Summary of services:
-Pet holidays at my flat for polite indoor pets only. It shows up as dog boarding on the pawshake listing as the options are limited, but I cannot host dogs - small, indoor pets only (e.g. cat, rabbit, hamster).
-Short overnight stays at your property for pets who need a little more company e.g. if you're away for the weekend and a dog or cat isn't keen on kennels. I would base myself at your property and spend as much time there as possible (e.g. might pop out to the shops or have some online uni, but the rest would be pet time!)
-Home visits for feeding and company of indoor pets, for around 20-45 minutes per visit, depending on the needs of your pet. E.g. if an independent cat would like to be fed and then ignore my existence, I won’t bother them when I’m not wanted. I can also take dogs on short walks. I’m happy to visit anywhere near the meadows once per day, or twice per day if you live close-ish to Summerhall, whatever’s best for you.
-For home visits longer than 60 minutes, please select house sitting as the pawshake listing options are limited. I'm happy to hang out with pets for the evening, including longer dog walks and feeding. Please include as much detail as possible in your first messages (dates, times, excitability of your pet etc.) as depending on the demands of my degree I may be unable to provide the attention your pet deserves - a sociable cat is very different experience to a boisterous puppy!
Dogs are not able to visit or stay at my flat :(
Elin did a great job looking after our creatures. She was very polite and our animals were super content when we arrived back!
I would highly recommend Elin as a pet sitter. Elin looked after my cat in her home for over two weeks. She took fantastic care of Rosie and sent pictures for my daughter to see. Excellent pet sitter. Highly recommend.
I underwent a basic disclosure check for another volunteering role, so I can provide a background check certificate on request (certificate from October 2019, sorry that I don't have anything more recent).
As an English literature student, my degree only lends itself to animals if you count reading on the sofa with cats and tea, although I am very qualified at sneaking up on sleeping pets with flea treatment spot-ons and bribing them with treats afterwards. We crush up worming tablets for my parents' cats and hide them in tuna, but that's the limit of my experience medicating pets. My flatmate has a lot more experience at cajoling animals, but is still a student and not yet a qualified vet.
I am not an animal trainer myself, but I can do my best to treat your pets exactly as you would to reinforce good behaviour. Whilst dog walking in the past, I've worked on recall, good manners and other basic skills. However, I am in no way an expert, nor do I have any formal qualifications.
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